how to pronounce oxymoron


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the above transcription of oxymoron is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

oxymoron is pronounced in four syllables

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An example use of oxymoron in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… that's called an oxymoron you're a …”

meanings of oxymoron


  1. A contradiction in terms.
  2. A figure of speech in which two words or phrases with opposing meanings are used together intentionally for effect.

oxymoron frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word oxymoron occurs in english on average 0 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics oxymoron can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that oxymoron can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

words that rhyme with oxymoron


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